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As Many Nows as I Can Get

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,053 ratings  ·  264 reviews
A timely, searing, and unconventional romance from an urgent new voice in young adult fiction

In one impulsive moment the summer before they leave for college, overachievers Scarlett and David plunge into an irresistible swirl of romance, particle physics, and questionable decisions. Told in non-linear, vivid first-person chapters, As Many Nows As I Can Get is the story of
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Dial Books
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I looked at this cover and was 100% sure this book was for me.

And it was.

But also, at the same time, when I looked at this cover, I thought cuteness. Romance. Road trip. Friendships. Adorable college times.

And that is so completely not what I got.

This book chewed me up and spat me out!!! Which was very rude. And at first I was not happy about it.

But then I kept reading, and I began to fall in love with the characters, even though they were flawed, because they were so real.

Instead of being mad
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Might be more of a 3.5 or 3.75. This was so different from what I expected it to be based on the blurb and I think I would have liked it more if I had known more going in. The synopsis leads you to believe that this is a romance, but it is really more of a story of loss and grief and new beginnings. This was a very dark story and I honestly even cried a few times while reading it (which is not the norm for me!). Definitely tread lightly if you want to read this one.

TW: death of a loved one, recr
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
this cover healed my depression
Natalie Bakken
Hi, I’ll cut to the chase: this book was not what it was marketed to be. While the synopsis advertised the story as a summer romance, it was more of a story about mistakes, loss, regret, and grief. Was there romance? Sure. But was it a romance? Nah.

Here’s a list of elements I liked and ones I didn’t.


- The non-linear way in which the story was told. I’m a sucker for novels where the plot jumps between months and years. I don’t know, there’s just something about it. I like the
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star, dissapointing
TW: death, mentions of abortion, addiction, car accident, animal deaths, pregnancy, death of a loved one

I feel like this may get pretty mixed reviews, because it’s either hit or miss. I for one am still deciding on my final rating, but so far I’m kind of in the middle. it’s probably the hardest book to decide on a rating that I’ve read yet this year, so I definitely could change it.

objectively this book is quite good. everything is so vividly described that I felt like I was watching a movie.
Karima chermiti

Trigger warning : (view spoiler)

Unbearably sad, impossibly painful to read and a hard punch to the gut, As Many Nows as I Can Get is heartbreak with words and sadness in the space between them.

At what point did I stop being a planet in orbit, held in place by familiar forces of gravity? And after the cosmic collision that followed, after I cut myself loose, cast myself off, made mysel
T. Rosado

5 Stars!

I'm not sure if I've ever read a book that kept me in a state of melancholy from beginning to end, while interspersed with bouts of bone-deep grief. Although it might be more my personal response to the book, rather than a universal one. Regardless, the story was not only impressive by the emotional reactions it evoked, but also in the way the author kept me surprisingly captivated with her non-linear storytelling. Honestly, I'm having a hard time giving this book justice since I was so
Thanks, Shana my eyes are swollen now.

To be honest I just bought this because of this BEAUTIFUL Cover and because I found it at a used books online shop.

From the first second, I started this book I fell in love with it, the writing style, the time jumps, and the realness. I thought this would be about a cute road trip but noup and the moment I found what it is really about I was so angry and sad but the heartbreak didn't start there it was just building up.

Get yourself a tissue box because you w
Mari Johnston
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

Content Warnings: underage drinking, sexism, cancer, hospitals, drug use, drug overdose, death of a parent, grief, ghosting a two year relationship, talk of suicide, anxiety, depression, talk of eating disorders, talk of gun violence, unplanned pregnancy, talk of abortion, talk of miscarriage, gaslighting, misgendering, car accident, animal death, fatphobia

As Many Nows as I Can Get completely caught me off guard in the bes
Maddie Browse
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, owned, contemporary, ya, 2019
This book is phenomenal! I picked it up on a complete whim (a book with romance and physics? What more could I want!) and it is one of the best decisions I've ever made! I can't believe this is a debut, it is beyond incredible and I strongly urge everyone to read it!! ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I FELT the way this story unfolded and that’s just something not many authors can achieve. I see why this is on many best of lists.

Contemporary realistic fiction fans, this is for you.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story was sweet, cliché at times, and rather predictable, but tackled some complicated subjects. The writing was rather forgettable. The thing that really bugged me about this book, which made me give it a low rating, was the main character. A "nerdy" physics major, Scarlett's (or at least the author's) knowledge of science didn't seem to extend further than tortured metaphors comparing black holes or the big bang to whatever difficult decision she was facing at the moment. I hoped I could r ...more
talia ♡
Apr 19, 2021 marked it as to-read
i am really excited to read this but why does the cover literally look like trace drawings of Dakota Johnson and Froy Gutierrez?? 😭😭
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Alex (The Scribe Owl)
Nov 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
Woah this cover kind of slaps
Shannon Doleski
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the arc of As Many Nows as I Can Get in one day! This is a book about tough things. Tough, tough things that I don't want to spoil for the world. But, that said, this book deals with complicated pieces of life in a beautiful way. I thought Youngdahl dealt with the characters' trials in a thoughtful way that never felt sensationalized or judgmental. And if you are a fan of likable unlikable characters, wow, does this book deliver. I was always rooting for these kids. Those are my favorite ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
4.5 ⭐
That's really, really good book. Deals with tough topics, but in a really great way, writing is brilliant and mature (not boring!), and whole mood of the book is incredible - little heavy, but with lighter parts.
Love the non-linear way of telling the story, love the way we can connect to characters, love the slightly feminist vibe (woman supporting woman, empowering) and absolutely LOVE the cover. It's gorgeous! ❤️
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five, 2021, comfort-books
such a heart-rending book. incredibly beautiful.
Kendall • thegeekyyogi
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, so…this book. To be completely transparent, I’m still processing this book. I finished it almost a week ago and I would happily wait longer to post my review, but it’s due today and I also am not sure that waiting any longer would help me figure out exactly how I feel anyway. Here are the things I do know, this book has a tragic beauty to the story, it made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion and then it made me cry…a lot. The characters are extremely flawed, struggling through ver ...more
Elvina Zafril
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is gonna be a sad review.

Q: Have you ever been in a state of melancholy when you're reading a book from the beginning till the end?

As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl did that to me.

To be honest. I don't know why when I looked at the cover, I felt there's a sadness on the cover. Maybe because there are birds flying, the river, the mountain, the long road in the middle between the girl and the boy and the cloud literally look sad. I didn't even read the synopsis. I just started read
Jul 31, 2022 rated it liked it
3.5 stars ⭐️ . This book was not at all what I was expecting based off of the synopsis on the back. If you are hoping for a happy and light romance this is not the book for you. While this book wasn't necessarily what I expected and I at first had mixed feelings, I grew to love the characters and felt invested in the outcome of the book. This book deals with very heavy topics and instead of a basis around romance it is more of a basis around loss, grief, death, academic validation, and (spoiler) ...more
Shannon Takaoka
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, roaring20sdebut
I’m so glad I got to read an ARC of Shana Youngdahl’s AS MANY NOWS AS I CAN GET because now I get to shout about what a stunning debut this is. Told out of sequence in a nod to Einstein’s theory of time, the story follows two high-achieving teens on the cusp of moving on from the small town they grew up in, as they deal with forces that are simultaneously pulling them together and pushing them apart. Scarlett is drawn to David’s wild energy and also by an impulse to push back against the weight ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in2019
I think this book was written exactly for me? It's told in non-linear first person, which I love in general, and this was really well done. Her writing style is just gorgeous - poetic while still being concise and effortless.

I will say that the plot wasn't exactly anything new or super special, but the way it was put together was. A++ for all the STEM stuff, too. This to me, is a fantastic example of a good writer being able to elevate a story in the writing and how it's told (I would also like
Ms. B
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2020
Whether you're pro-life or pro-choice, you'll appreciate this story about Scarlett, a first-year college student who finds herself needing to make a few choices to make after learning she is pregnant. As her roommate Mina says, " . . .Most people think there are three choices in this situation, but most people are not as creative as me. Sure, you could do the abortion, adoption or mothering route, but I think it's best to link any experience to your own life path and goals." I loved learning wha ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much more than what I expected it would be ... And I already anticipated it to be good. It's no cheesy and everything-is-just-perfect romantic story. It's a story about how life takes sometimes different turns than what we think, how love is not necessarily reasonable and straightforward, but rather difficult and complex. I loved the time jumps that complicated the unraveling of the story while simultaneously adding a sense of suspense that definitely supported the atmosphere of ...more
Alex Johnson
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The positives are that this book dealt with the rough transition to college and how a woman's identity is crafted and questioned by her own decisions + other people's perceptions rather tastefully. The negatives were that this novel was really character-driven and the characters, other than her amazing roommate, were all pretty flat. Overall, a big old "meh" on this coming-of-age tale. ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Highly recommend.
Anna A
Jul 24, 2022 rated it liked it
This was a very very stressful book. And it was definitely not a light and fluffy romance, despite what the pretty cover and summary led me to believe.
Nov 20, 2020 added it
ok, ya/genius theory? doesn't really hold up. was surprised many times, still liked it ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As Many Nows As I Can Get wasn't what I expected but it was everything I needed. Told in a non-linear time line,  it explores love, loss, and hope when life doesn't go as planned. The story is told through Scarlett's perspective as she travels across the country to an internship, all the while reflecting on her life and the detours leading up to her present.

After reading the first chapter, I thought "this is going to be magic". And it was. As Many Nows As I Can Get was beautiful, heartbreaking,
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